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Posted 2006-04-27 by Tony Walsh
Nintendo’s ‘Wii?’  LOL!
Nintendo Europe says the name of the next-gen Nintendo console is "Wii." It had been code-named "Revolution." Now, as is being pointed out in most English-speaking countries, the console's official name could mean any of "we" (as in "us"), or "wee" as in tiny, or "wee" as in urine. A baffling choice for a product name, and impossible to utter seriously in public. Example: "I was playing around with my Wii yesterday, and I really like the new controller." Ugh.
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Comment posted by Torley
April 29, 2006 @ 3:57 am
Before I knew better, I thot it was pronounced "Why"?

And then I realize the two i's look like two people next to each other (in a way).

Wonder how it's perceived in countries where English isn't as prevalent.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
April 29, 2006 @ 10:15 am
I'm sure the name is better regarded in non-English-speaking countries. It's got a nice ring to it in French. Most companies do a lot of research on product names to ensure there are no unwanted meanings across the world--I have to assume that Nintendo was comfortable with the "pee" and "tiny" meanings in English. And that's what baffles me.
Comment posted by Torley
April 29, 2006 @ 5:13 pm
"J'aime oui"... and indeed, "Wii" sounds like "Oui", for "Yes"! (I just checked the Wikipedia entry and the same things are noted.)

My other naive impression is that it was going to be "Wii" for "Wii-Fi" or somesuch networking.

The "pee" part I can't untangle, but the "tiny" may have an upside to it: I used to think of Nintendo as a monolith (e.g. Mario getting bigger when he grabs a magic mushroom), but in light of recent games like the WarioWare series and Nintendogs, they have a sort of "small is beautiful" approach.

I also read on the Wikipedia entry: "Mr. Miyamoto said in an EGM interview that he is thinking of making a Pikmin game for Wii." Those tiny little guys again! Hehe.
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